Ever since the relaxation of visa policies, it has become very easy to get a Hong Kong visa for Indians. Although India falls in the list of visa-exempt countries for Hong Kong, Indians must have a Pre Arrival Registration (PAR) to enter Hong Kong. The Pre Arrival Registration can be done online and it costs INR 1389 for each registration. The article explains everything you need to know about PAR or Hong Kong tourist visa and how you can get it with 100% cashback.
Hong Kong Visa for Indians: An Overview
India is one of the 170 countries, which does not need a visa to visit Hong Kong. However, every Indian passport holder must apply for a PAR, which is equivalent Hong Kong tourist visa.
What is Hong Kong PAR or Pre Arrival Registration?
With a Pre Arrival Registration for Indians, they can stay up to 14 days in Hong Kong on each entry. The validity of this visa type is six months from the day of issuance. One can enter even on the last day of validity and can stay up to 14 days in Hong Kong. A visa holder can enter multiple times in Hong Kong with this visa type as long as the visa is valid.
Note: PAR for Indians is the same as the advance 14 days Hong Kong tourist visa for Indian nationals.
Read More: Hong Kong Tourist Visa
The Hong Kong visa for Indian passport holders is a paper visa. It is imperative to check the information on their visa to confirm that it matches the information on their passport. If you find that any of the information mentioned is not correct, you will have to apply for a fresh PAR.
But Indian citizens can not apply for a fresh PAR if the previous PAR is still valid. In such scenarios, Indians can apply for a visit visa directly at the immigration centre.
Important: Please note that having a PAR can’t be taken as granted entry into Hong Kong. The final decision on your entry will be taken by the immigration officer on your arrival in Hong Kong.
Is there a Hong Kong visa on arrival for Indians?
Before 23rd January 2017, Indians were granted a visa on arrival in Hong Kong. However, Indian citizens/passport holders need a PAR to enter/travel Hong Kong from 23rd January 2017 onwards.
Read More: Hong Kong Visa on Arrival
Do Indians need a Hong Kong transit visa for a layover in the country?
Typically, a PAR is granted to Indians visiting Hong Kong. Nevertheless, when transiting via Hong Kong, they do not require a Hong Kong transit visa irrespective whether they choose to remain in the transit terminal or step out of the airport. However, in the case of the latter, they may avail a PAR in Hong Kong before their intended trip especially when they wish to step out of the transit area/airport.
When can Indians enter Hong Kong without a PAR?
There are some special conditions with which Indians can enter Hong Kong even without a visa/ PAR. Here is when PAR is exempted for Indians when
- You are transiting through Hong Kong and not leaving the airport during your layover.
- You have valid permission to remain in Hong Kong for employment, study or residence.
- You are an Indian official passport holder
- You are an Indian diplomatic passport holder
- You have Hong Kong Travel Pass
- You have enrolled for e-Channel service for frequent visitors
- You are a member of operating aircrew or operating sea crew or a contract seaman.
Read More: Hong Kong Tourist Visa for Indians
Hong Kong Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens
The requirement list of Hong Kong visa is very simple. Only with the below mentioned two documents, one can apply for a Hong Kong visa-
- Scanned colour copy of the first and last page of your Indian passport. The validity of your passport should be at least six months from the date of travel and have a minimum of three blank pages.
- Duly filled questionnaire.
As shown above, only with a valid passport you can apply for a Hong Kong visa. If you apply for your visa through Blinkvisa, we will fill the questionnaire on your behalf.
The questionnaire is quite long and requires all your personal and travel details. Any wrong information provided or any information mismatched with the information in your passport can make it difficult to get your visa. So, it is always advisable to take the help of visa experts so that the chances of approval go higher.
Read More: Hong Kong Visa Requirements
Hong Kong Visa Fee for Indians
The visa cost of a Hong Kong visa for Indians is INR 1389 if you apply it through Blinkvisa. The mentioned amount includes visa fees, service charges, and applicable taxes.
But the fee mentioned would be akin to ‘ ZERO’ when you will apply for your visa through Blinkvisa. When you will apply for your visa through Blinkvisa, you will get 100% cashback of your visa fee in your Blinkwallet.
The entire visa fee mentioned will be given back to you in the form of cashback. The cashback will be credited to your Blinkwallet. You will have to pay INR 500 to initiate visa processing. You will receive the cashback of INR 1389 soon after the successful payment of INR 500.
You can make the payment of your visa in three different modes-
- Payment through debit or credit cards
- UPI payment
- Payment through PayUmoney portal
Read More: Hong Kong Visa Fees
Note:- On approval of your visa, you will have to pay the rest of the visa fee and download the visa.
How to use the Blinkcash?
The balance in your Blinkwallet can be used for booking flight tickets, hotel reservations and activities to do in Hong Kong. Using the cashback will get you a discount on each booking.
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How to Apply for a Hong Kong Visa?
Indians can easily apply for a Hong Kong visa online through Blinkvisa. We have a much-simplified process of applying for the same. Here are the steps of applying for a Hong Kong visa for Indians.
- Visit Blinkvisa.
- Provide us with your basic information such as your destination, phone number, and email Id and click ‘Get Visa’
- Complete the initial payment of just INR 500 & get a full cashback of INR 1389 into your wallet.
- Use your BlinkWallet to purchase your flight, hotel, activities and other travel-related stuff.
- Once your visa is approved, We will inform you via SMS and Email.
- Complete any pending due payment & download your visa by logging into your portal.
Read More: Apply for Hong Kong Visa
NOTE:- Once you download the visa, you will have to self-attest the printout of the same confirming that the information on your visa is correct.
Hong Kong PAR/Visa FAQs
1. Can Indian passport holders get a visa on arrival in Hong Kong?
The visa on arrival provision is not available for Indian citizens in Hong Kong since 23rd January 2017.
2. Can I apply for PAR when I am not residing in India?
Yes. PAR can be applied from anywhere.
3. How does a Hong Kong visa for Indian citizens look like?
4. What are the specifications for printing the visa?
You will have to take a print out on a blank A4 white paper. Make sure that you do not take a double side or reduced printing as those will not be accepted at the immigration counter.
5. What should I do if I lost or damage the PAR?
In such scenarios, you can reprint the downloaded PDF.